Hometown history highlighted at fair

New Salem Fire Department to host 71st annual Punkintown Fair

— For many people, it is also about a family tradition, he said, with the fair acting like a sort of homecoming for some former residents that have left the hamlet.

“A lot of people that grew up here come back and bring their kids because they remember coming here as a kid,” he said. “I remember coming here as a kid and winning my goldfish.”

Morrison even said he has a couple fish at his house he won at the fair around seven years ago.

Originally, the fire department owned its own rides, but for several years it has contracted out that portion of the event. That has led to more rides, too.

“It is more of classic fair feel now,” Morrison said, “because kids can go on the big swing and things that make them hurl up their lunch.”

Raffle tickets were mailed out, but tickets will also be available during the fair at the announcer’s booth. The raffle has a first place prize of $2,500, second place prize of $1,000 and third place prize of $500.

Opening night there will be a “meet and greet” with local D.I.R.T Modified Racing Champion Matt DeLorenzo, whose father is a fire company member. Then on the following two nights, Dean Davis and his “animals that nobody loves” will be the special attraction. Of course, classic fair food will be offered.

“Every year we try to update some of the older things and keep it fresh,” Morrison said. “We are all family people and we run it as such. We very much want to make it a good experience for everyone.”

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